Keep an Eye on: Nolan Arenado

arenadoOver his last 21 games, Arenado owns a .368/.388/.500 slash line with 2 home runs and 12 RBI. He’s logged a hit in 19 of those 21 games and currently is on a 10 game hitting streak. His hit tool has always been hit most prominent feature. Some scouts believe that his present doubles power (on pace for 30 doubles this season) will mature in to 20+ home run power. He currently has 9 homers on the season and will probably end up with 12 bombs in his rookie campaign.

Historically he’s struggled with arm side pitching. In 2012 at AA Tulsa, his OPS against lefties was 1.043, but when he faced righties it plummeted to .686. He had a similar, although not that drastic, split of .951 against LHP and .805 against RHP in 2011 at A+ Modesto. His splits this season at the Major League level have stayed true to form. His OPS against LHP is .803 and .681 against RHP. If he can improve his ability to hit right handers, his value will sky rocket.

Arenado is really heating up lately and with the lack of second tier depth at third base, Arenado has a chance to solidify his position on fantasy rosters and contribute down the stretch this season. He’s currently only owned in 17.4 of ESPN leagues. For keeper leagues, I really like Arenado. He’s only 22 years old and he’s already having success at the Major League level. Of course he has some major kinks to work out, but he’s a guy who will stick at 3B and be a solid contributor in 4 categories.

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